Join Thomas and Becky Repp as they team up with Gary Mantz to bring you a new road trip adventure each week. American Road Trip Talk is your chance to discover the backroads that embody true Americana. As the owners and producers of award-winning American Road magazine, Thomas and Becky want your future road trip to be both interesting and exciting. By teaming up with veteran radio broadcaster, Gary Mantz, they offer up valuable road trip planning information.


Latest Episodes

Over a Decade Later: Pontiac Passion Persists

Every make of automobile has its aficionados. For lovers of style and performance, ask any fan of the Pontiac lineage about the now-defunct GM make and you will see stars (and maybe a tear) in their eyes. Passion for Pontiac is our topic as we speak with enthusiasts Karl Petry and Ken Ulrich.

September 11th National Memorial Trail Part 2

The September 11th National Memorial Trail, 1,300 miles long, stretches through 6 states and DC, connecting three 9/11 Memorial sites through DC, VA, PA, NJ, NY, MD, and Delaware. To remember, discover and connect is essential. In Part 2, David Brickley, founder of the trail alliance and advisory board member Mike Dannemiller guest.

September 11th National Memorial Trail Part 1

The September 11th National Memorial Trail is 1,300 miles long, stretching through 6 states and DC, connecting the three 9/11 Memorial sites through DC, VA, PA, NJ, NY, MD, and Delaware. It’s a multi-use trail that you can hike, bike or motor through. To remember and be inspired is essential to the experience. Debby Borza and Tim Brown, instrumental in the development of this active memorial, share their perspectives.

National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY

In Lucille Ball’s hometown, celebrate the comedic arts with a visit to The National Comedy Center. This is not quite so much a Hall of Fame as it is an innovative gathering place for professional and amateur comedians, aficionados and every person who ever laughed at a well-told joke. Gary Hahn, VP of Marketing and Communications, is our guest.

Comedy Tonight! America’s Funniest Road Films

On the highway to Hollywood, funny and films travel well together in rollicking tales of the human predicament. Geoffrey Mark, a go-to sage of screens large and small, joins us with his nuanced appreciation of life and laughter on the open road.

In Search Of The Great Escape Room

Escape Rooms, combining elements of mystery, adventure and intricate teamwork, have become very popular destinations across America. Joey and Tonya Madia are aficionados of these eerie attractions and Joey is currently in high demand as a designer of them!

Two-Lane Highway Rockin’ in the USA

Jamie Jensen, growing up in Southern California when car culture was then standing up to ride the wave of the future, became permanently enchanted with the open road early on; especially the lure of two-lane highways. With the publication of a ninth edition of Road Trip USA, Jensen has been elevated to the status of motoring maven.

Happy Days Forever! Visiting With Marion Ross

“Heyyyyy, Mrs. C!” Marion Ross aka Mrs. Cunningham from the iconic “Happy Days” sitcom, hails from Albert Lea, MN. The town is so proud of their famous TV mom that they have named a theatre after her and a street also bears her name. Now, the community has dedicated a bronze statue of their favorite citizen, unveiled on July 2nd. We are fortunate to speak with her about her life and career.

Do’s and Dont’s of Planning Your Next Road Trip

We all want our road trips to go just right. Much of the success (and joy) comes from smart preparation done when there is still adequate time. Vinnie Richichi of DRIVETIME With New York Vinnie shares his Do’s and a few of the Don’ts derived from his numerous highway adventures.

The Art of Suffrage and Midwestern Murals

Erika Nelson, professional artist and Curator of The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things, visits us again; this time with the story behind her mural in celebration of Women’s Suffrage and her recommendations of outstanding murals in the Midwest.